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In Schools, Are We Measuring What Matters?

Edutopia |

The psychologist, researcher, and MacArthur Fellow Angela Duckworth believes that to make better decisions in our school systems, we need to rethink the way we measure student capabilities.

Duckworth’s 2016 bestselling book “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” launched her public career and changed how many educators view non-cognitive skills. Her work has attracted its share of critics, who argue that the concept of grit fails to account for the socioeconomic and racial hurdles faced by so many students.

Edutopia spoke with Duckworth recently to discuss standardized test scores, the paralyzing fear we all have of making mistakes, and why she takes issue with the idea of “discovering your passion.”